Bruno Taylor has a few good ideas about reclaiming public space for play. He writes:
71% of adults used to play on the streets when they were young. 21% of children do so now. Are we designing children and play out of the public realm?
Play equipment, as we commonly think of it, dictates the user - playgrounds full of bright colors and thick plastic are for children, not adults, and this unspoken rule is a maxim we adults don't frequently break. But should public space - the places where we all gather, and where so much social interaction happens - be devoid of play? Bruno thought not, and took direct action.
Above: Bruno Taylor's installation of a swing in a London bus stop. Photo source.
He has just completed a Masters in Industrial Design at Central Saint Martin, and has designed both the swing set above, and a rocking bench for the reclamation of public space for play. You can find more pictures and details at Pixelsumo.